After two hundred years, we are finally repealing the Vagrancy Act. So why are ministers reviving its awful approach with clauses targeting “nuisance rough sleeping”?
Language matters, especially around an emotive and complex subject such as homelessness is. There is little forgiveness for imprecision, especially within the policy environment we have created by not articulating our own vision well enough.
A crackdown on people evading a properly-funded shelter system might be fair – but only if that system exists. So if the Government is going to deliver it, why not focus on that significant, positive achievement?